So it is no longer a question of when you will travel, but whether. I am happy that I have been everyplace I really wanted to go, except Barcelona, and for that there is always the song. There is something way past heartbreak in what has occurred with the plane being hijacked and downed, the massacre in Paris, and now the one in San Bernardino-- huh? How did anyone even know it was there?-- because there is almost no human emotion-- wait a second, not 'almost.' There is NO human emotion in what has taken place. Humanity is not a factor in what these people do. They have nothing really to live for, no aspiration. Only a wish to destroy. So sad, and meaningless.
Very late in what is left of my game I am glad not to regret having been everywhere I wanted to go except Barcelona. That all of this comes on the not-yet-tail of what would have been holidays underlines the sad/and empti/ness of it all. Worst is to read about it in the Wall Street Journal, attitude adding to the sadness. They of course do not address the underlying tragedy of the USA, that all but one Republican in Congressnwon't do anything about the availability of guns. But not just guns. Weapons of mass murder.
And of course Obama is far from blameless, not tightening the availability belt until after it had become more obviously disastrous, the reining in to any extent almost useless and ineffective. I am sad that I ever pulled for the man, and no longer believe in what he says, eloquent though it may have seemed once. Especially to him.
But politics ain't my game. Especially now. The front page article on d'Amato in the Times is as close as anything comes to comedy. So I am looking forward to shows at the Beacon by Jerry Seinfeld, since it is our comedians who have become our commentators. But I will not be attending them as I won't be hurrying back to New York. I'm scared as well as old, though that seems no protection against Al Quaeda who are killing women of advanced years anyway, even though they may not be hoping to get raped.
What a world, what a world. Bill Maher begins to seem benign as well as on target.